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A Saturday Surprise

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I usually check on my gardens every morning. I am always on the lookout for marauding bugs, or plant issues. This time I was greeted by this:


One of my strawberry plants has a blossom. Quite unexpected, since they are relatively new. I bought two 3″ pots on sale after Hurricane Irma. I brought them home and split each pot into two plants. Hopefully, the resulting four plants are the beginning of a border for one of my raised bed planters.

These are Quinault strawberries, the only plant available locally. From the plant propaganda it will be a hardy perennial that is everbearing, meaning that it may produce fruit from Spring through Fall. This year, I am not planning on harvesting any berries, I am much more interested in the plants producing new baby plants from their runners.

Have you grown Quinault strawberries?

Until next time


Where Does Time Go?

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I can’t believe that it has been a month since I last posted! I am retired but that doesn’t mean that I am sitting in my rocker doing nothing. It seems that my time just flies by! I keep myself busy every day.

Since this isn’t actually a sewing blog, but more of my personal journal of what I like, and see, and do, I am just going to post my random stuff. Today, I am going to show that I have been expanding my sewing to include bag making.

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This Old Dog Learned a New Trick

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Recently, I wrote about a treasure trove of presser feet that I received for my sewing machines. Although I was really after only a couple of the feet, I am discovering how to use some of the other feet in the collection. My latest learning experience (Who says you can’t learn something new after 70?) is using the pintuck foot.¬†The new set had three different sizes of pintuck feet. I had to label them so I can tell them apart


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A Box of Candy?

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A few days ago our mail carrier delivered a well padded envelope which Mr M retrieved. When he brought it in he shook it slightly and asked, “Did you get a box of candy?”. Looking at the Chinese lettering on the outside of the envelope I laughed and said, “Well, sort of…”. Not really candy, but for me, almost as exciting: it was a set of 44 sewing machine presser feet.

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